Reviewer: Ella Nathanael Alkiewicz (Labrador Inuk)
Lakota Sioux poet and storyteller Layli Long Soldier has earned several prestigious awards for her writing. Her tenacity and fortitude were demonstrated on the page and her formal education reinforced her messages. Throughout Whereas, she artistically places her words with an urgency where the reader may feel moved to read her poems aloud to hear the subtle drumbeat. “But tonight I cannot bring myself to swing a worn hammer at poverty to pound the conditions of that slow frustration.” Long Soldier used her native language, while other times she uses Old English vocabulary. I was intrigued and perplexed by some poems, and for good reason. Some pieces were a reflection of motherhood while other poems taught, as in her poem 38, that tells the story of 38 Dakota Indians were hanged in 1862 by the government. Lakota Sioux stories are valuable and must be told for future generations.
Author: Meena Alexander
PUB: 2018. 86 pp.
A delicate chronicle that allows the reader to surrender to the beauty of sorrow and memory.
Author: Marcus Jackson
PUB: 2018. 65 pp.
A rare glimpse into the longing that accompanies the angst of reconciliation.
Pardon My Heart
Author: Jennifer Givhan
PUB: 2018. 80 pp.
Daring and heartbreaking, this collection confronts the disruptive layers of the excavation of womanhood.
Girl with Death Mask
Author: Shayla Lawson
PUB: 2018. 134 pp.
A surrealist jaunt through space and time, groundless in form and lyric.
I Think I’m Ready to See Frank Ocean
Editor: Melissa Castillo-Garsow
PUB Date: 2018. 415 pp.
A well-crafted, rare anthology featuring Afro-Latin@ poets who chronicle diasporic histories and inter-cultural racism, while celebrating their complex cultural identities.
Author: Amy Meng
PUB: 2018. 415 pp.
A delicate musing that traverses the landscape of relationships.
Author: Cameron Barnett
PUB: 2017. 96 pp.
An elegant interlacing of identity, history and self-interrogation.
The Drowning Boy’s Guide to Water
Author: Cyrus Cassells
PUB: 2018. 106 pp.
Illuminating, lyrical, a poetic read that journeys into a sensory and imaginative collection.
The Gospel According to Wild Indigo
Author: Marcelo Hernandez Castillo
PUB: 2018. 39 pp.
Each poem carries within it a world that holds the weight of a novel.
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